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Shaun Belcher

Member sinceApril 12, 2006
LocationNottingham U.K.
InfluencesTom Waits, Raymond Carver, Lucinda Williams,Peter Case, Beck, Vic Chesnutt
Artist Biography:
Born in a thunderstorm somewhere in the middle of the Thames Valley sometime before the fifties ended and the sixties started swinging Shaun Belcher became known as Trailer Star. From the mid 1980's when he painted sleeves and started obsessing over obscure deep south American wordsmiths like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Micky Newbury he has written songs...hundreds of them.... After a few years playing live with various degrees of success he realised that others would sing these lyrics better and after showing some artistes the River Ghosts archive of songs the charity CD 'Moon Over The Downs' resulted. 15 americana U.S. and U.K. acts created a fictional tribute to the 'star that never was'. These included Deanna Varagona of Lambchop, Jim Roll, Bob Cheevers,Terry Clarke and Ronny Elliott.

I could go on and on about the quality of this record so please do yourself a favour and go out and buy the damn thing! To sum up,a quote from ‘The Lynton Flood’ sung by Kevin Meisel
‘ Nobody knew where the water came from on that fateful day.’ Then again any quote from any song would sum up this superb compilation. Trailer Star= Five Star.”
David Tonberg
Medicine Music Reviews

One of the most beautiful Americana records released over this past year is without any doubt this captivating album.The 15 tracks are 15 beautiful songs, which, in spite of their diversity,constitute one coherent whole. They paint a picture of the darkish,Twin Peaks-like world of Trailer Star.
Insurgent Country

The album certainly holds its head high with any other number of other, more orthodox, tribute albums and rarely betrays its DIY origins and the haste with which it was assembled. The quality of the songs and performances are certainly worth hearing for their own sake, but spending money on the album also gives the bonus of helping with cancer research.
Triste Magazine UK

” … Shaun Belcher, a freelance journalist. Belcher also provides all the lyrics for the record. His writing seems steeped in the nostalgic melancholy of Woody Guthrie or even Thomas Hardy and works very well in a peculiarly English way.”

“He’s an impressive and authentically steeped writer and deservedly gets an equally impressive if largely little known roster of contributors to interpret his material.”

More by Shaun Belcher:

Broke Down
Car Nobody Loves
Crazy Black Cars
Firework Factory
Henry Night
Poplar Road
Scarecrow Grave

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